The Roommate Game

Most of my emotional turmoil is over now! I am settling into the job quite well, and learning a whole bunch of new things. I love the people that I work with, and I like talking to different people all day, which is what this job entails. I also got my first paycheck from this job on Friday, so yay! I’ll have money coming in every week again!

I am now focusing mostly on my job and where I’m gonna move to when my lease is up. I currently have 3 prospective roommates – or contestants, to get into game show mode – one of them has an apt in Brooklyn (her roommate is moving out), and although the rent is lower than mine right now by a couple hundred dollars, I’m just not sure I’m ready to leave the city! I know I’ve talked about it before, but it’s hard to move out of the city once you’ve lived here. Still, I’m gonna go check out the neighborhood and the apartment, and who knows, maybe I’ll love it! Another plus for this one is that I won’t have to apartment hunt!

The other potential roommate is a friend of a friend, and he would definitely want to stay in Manhattan (although he doesn’t really mind where). I feel like I’d like to live with him, since I like living with guys (for some reason, it just feels easier – I’d be more comfortable telling him to clean up if he gets messy, for example), and he has a steady job and can definitely pay the rent, no question (in fact, he’s willing to pay quite a bit more than I am! I don’t mind taking the smaller room though). The only thing here is that I feel like I”d like my rent to go down from what I’m currently paying, and I don’t know if that’s really possible in Manhattan…

The third is a girl I met at the bookstore, but the problem there is that her lease isn’t actually up until December, and she’ll have to find someone to sublet her place in order to be able to move with me somewhere in September. So I just don’t know if I can really count on that happening.

Ack! Which would you pick? Contestant No. 1, with the apartment in Brooklyn all set and cheap(er) rent; Contestant No.2, who is really cool and would be fun to live with and I’d get to stay in Manhattan maybe; or Contestant No. 3, who I like and whose ideal rent budget is similar to mine, but who I’m not sure I can rely on to really move with me in September?

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4 Responses

  1. I say someone else will come along in the city.

  2. I vote Brooklyn definitely. It’s not like you’re leaving “the city” at all. My experience has been Manhattan is full of people from outside New York who have lots of money, but the real New Yorkers are in Brooklyn. It’s a fun area with a ton of energy. And it’s cheaper. Give Brooklyn a chance 🙂

  3. Oh man. I haaaaaaaaate roommate hunting. But I vote Brooklyn. It’s not like you’re leaving NYC, you’re just going to a quieter area of NYC.

  4. Go with 2 … it’s too soon to leave the city, plus you’ll have to deal with a longer commute to work! Now is a great time to find “cheap” rent in the city since most apartment buildings are begging for tenants! Good luck with whatever you decide!

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